From Motown to Growtown: Urban Gardens Revitalize City and Feed Poor

From Motown to Growtown: Urban Gardens Revitalize City and Feed Poor

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A 2-Acre city lot in Detroit is now a thriving garden of fresh produce, thanks to Urban Farming.

Taja Sevelle saw the hundreds of acres of vacant land in the city of Detroit and came up with the idea of creating an organic self-help movement that would turn wasteland into free vegetable gardens and feed the poor people who live nearby. A side benefit as more people pick up a spade is that community spirit is revitalized.

In 2005 Ms. Sevelle’s Urban Farming program began with 3 gardens in Detroit. In 2007 190 gardens bloomed across the country and abroad, in places like Haiti, providing fresh produce to an estimated 50,000 people, some of whom desperately need it. (Read more at BBC News)

Visit the Urban Farming website.

COMMENTS

  1. This is a great story about turning around areas in cities or anywhere to help those there. The community aspect is awesome too. I’m trying to get my own garden going, but will need to wait until fall when it cools off (Florida weather).